Emma Crawforth

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Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:58

Hello merv jones,

Have a look at Pippa's blog on moving magnolias. It pays to be cautious!


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Railway sleepers

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:48

Hello esse,

If you're making your beds one sleeper high you can use pegs driven into the ground. Monty and Chris Beardshaw's video shows you the method, although they're using scaffolding boards in the video.


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Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:39

Hello Pansy2,

The 2 for 1 booklet is coming out with May's Gardeners' World Magazine. You'll be able to visit gardens local to you with your friend and only pay for one of you. I'm not sure whether they're on the list for the guide this year, but I heartily recommend (like Happymarion) Hidcote and Kiftsgate for englishness. You can visit them on the same day.


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Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:22

Hello all,

Like cloud8 I think of gardening as both an art and a craft. It depends on what you're doing and how you're doing it. I've been really enjoying Andy Sturgeon's blog series about the garden he's designing for Chelsea this year. He is without doubt an an artist at work.


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Gardeners World

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 09:52

Hello SwissSuze,

We don't have a 'compost corner' as such, but we do have plenty of projects and articles about making compost. There's a good list of ingredients in our basics project.

You'll find instructions on how to build a bin, and tips on making leafmould. If you'd like to find anything else you can type the word into our search box.

Enjoy it!


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Looking for ideas to mini-landscape..

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 16:50

Hello Hugo,

What I notice first is that your triangles get sunshine. To give some instant parent-pleasing impact, why not start off with some summer bedding? Weed out all the low-growing vegetation with a fork and then prepare the soil by digging it over and adding some organic matter. Tread the air pockets down and rake it smooth. Plant petunias, marigolds, lobelias etc. You can get these in bulk on special offer at this time of year. Because your beds are so small you'll be able to water them with a watering can. Unfortunately summer bedding is quite thirsty. Alternatively sow annuals it's cheaper and will require less watering.

In the autumn come back to the forum and ask what to plant for winter!

Good luck,


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2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 16:31

Hello Borassus,

It's the damage to the roots that points to vine weevil, not caused by the adults, although I agree that the leaf damage could be in another category!


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2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 15:00

A note of caution - the soil temperature should be above 5 degrees centigrade when using these nematodes, it's not worth doing it in low temperatures as it won't work and will be a waste.


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The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 12:20

Hello Dean Lovett,

I've just seen your allotment photo. It looks fantastic. Well done. Time to get planting now!


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wilted leaves

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 12:14

Hello Carolyn Gray,

Unfortunately this could be phytophthora. Unfortunately there is no chemical treatment for this that amateur gardeners can use. Generally removal of the plant is recommended, and repacement with a species that is not susceptible. To check for it, remove some bark at the base of the main stem and look for black-brown / red-brown discolouration.


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